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Politico: Obama Plans Major Iraq Push to Help Hillary

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By    |   Monday, 01 Aug 2016 09:15 AM

A major push against Islamic State in the key strategic cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria appears to be shaping up to start this fall, just as American voters go to the polls to elect the next president. 

Experts say that such an offensive, especially if widely successful by the time the November elections are held, would likely benefit Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, because it would undermine the Republican nominee's contention that the Democratic administration has not been forceful enough in defeating Islamic State, Politico reports.

Military officials, however, reject the notion that the timing of the operation has anything to do with politics, as it has been in planning for months.

A senior U.S. Central Command officer told Politico, "Hurrying this thing along for political benefit would be just about the dumbest thing that we could do, and there's been no pressure for us to do that. None.

"Iraqi and Kurdish fighters are going to fight for the city when they're damned good and ready, and not before. There's too much at stake to do it any other way."

The complicated and potential decisive battles in Mosul and Raqqa could deal ISIS a major blow and would bring to the fore the deeper U.S. involvement in the fight against the Islamic caliphate than what has been widely acknowledged.

However, U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel warned in Foreign Policy that these battles could be much more difficult and complex than the recent victories in Ramadi and Fallujah, saying, "We shouldn't underestimate the amount of preparation necessary to take on an operation like that. It's a big city… [in a] large geographic area, so we want to make sure we are well prepared."

Assuming victory, another major problem is what comes the day after, when the various military forces liberating the cities need to continue cooperating despite their divergent interests and ethnicities, as often times what unites them is only their desire to defeat Islamic State, Foreign Policy reports.

There is also concern about providing the ongoing humanitarian and political support necessary to stabilize and rebuild the areas.

Such a complicated situation, no matter what success on the battlefield is achieved by election day, appears to be fodder for additional arguments between the presidential candidates about the best way to deal with a new reality.

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A major push against Islamic State in the key strategic cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria appears to be shaping up to start this fall, just as American voters go to the polls to elect the next president.
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